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Bale set to return to Madrid’s squad after injury layoff

Real Madrid Training And Press Conference

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 25: Gareth Bale stretches during a Real Madrid training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on September 25, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Gareth Bale is expected to make his return to Real Madrid’s lineup in a Copa del Rey match this week after being sidelined for more than two months because of injuries.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says the Wales forward has recovered from a left leg muscle injury and will play at least part of Tuesday’s match against Fuenlabrada at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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Madrid won the first leg 2-0 against the third-division club.

Bale hasn’t played since Madrid’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Sept. 26. Plagued by injuries this season, his latest ailment came in practice while trying to recover from another muscle injury.